Reviews: Carl Craig DJs


Underground Resistance: The Hostile Ambush



"Silicon Saigon"
[51k RealAudio]

An intersting departure for Mad Mike, yes it sounds like good UR techno but with a twist that evokes more tribal percussion and a far east feeling.

"Ambush" features metallic off-kilter percussion and a short (too short), but sweet jazzy break that recalls "Hi Tech Jazz," and then a return to just the drums. An okay track, but the reason to own this record is on the flip side.

"Silicon Saigon" starts out with a freaked out synth modulation that sounds like a helicopter landing. A pumping 4/4 kick and a synthy whine in the background set it in motion, and this track goes nowhere but forward. A squiggly synth line adds a chaotic funk element and a great break with more of the helicpoter sound -- straight for the floor and real energetic.

Finally, "Fear our Presence" is an additive track that builds from persussion (more Tribal drums panning left to right), and strange synth sounds come in and out of the mix like lost radio transmissions. A very interesting, cut-up, sweeping noisy, synth line. The track builds near its end, it's the careful structure that makes it effective.

Overall, the grooves are a combination of funky techno with a feel for more tribal percussion, as Ambush takes us on a guerrilla trip into the jungles of thick techno overgrowth.


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